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Arizona State's Sarafin becomes first active Division I football player to come out

Arizona State senior offensive lineman Edward Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out.

Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he revealed his sexual orientation to his teammates nonchalantly last spring.

The walk-on lineman, who goes by the nickname Chip, follows the precedent set by St. Louis Rams linebacker Michael Sam, who came out publicly after finishing his career at Missouri.

Arizona coach Todd Graham and athletic director Ray Anderson issued statements of support for Sarafin on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6, 320-pound lineman from Gilbert, Arizona, graduated with a degree in Biomedical Engineering last spring and is currently in Arizona State's master's program.